I love this photo of you, taken just a few days ago.

I love this photo of you, taken just a few days ago. Juliana had just baked bread, and we were outdoors enjoying wind and sun.

This is you. In my eyes.

You can fix anything that is broken, play the guitar and sing me love songs, dance with me. You take care of your friends, bring home strangers and treat them like family, you nurture your own vegetable garden, make and plate a full course meal at midnight, love your dogs (and 2 turtles, bees, chicken, geese). You make sure everybody at home respect birds’ nests. And you plant me trees to commemorate milestones.

Every day you wake up early and work hard to keep Ormoc safe. And by the time the sun sets you come home, this warrior who already did much but is able and ready still to just be father, husband, man. Is there anything you can’t do.

My dearest love. You are joy and strength and courage, my warrior, my Superman.

Happy birthday, my sun and moon. I love you always and always. Cheers to more happy and healthy birthdays to celebrate.♥️

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To Quarry or Not to Quarry

The Local Government of Ormoc made a bold pronouncement in temporarily banning export of sand and gravel quarried from within Ormoc City. It also temporarily suspended approval of applications for quarrying permits in this city.

Quarrying had also benefits like increased employment, increase of locally-sourced income of the city and support to a bullish construction industry, among others. However, these economic benefits are eclipsed by the environmental and social impacts as evidenced by the increasing complaints by residents of the surrounding communities.

Quarrying activities are known to disturb natural ecosystems of the surrounding areas. The carryover of solids to river streams block sunlight and may damage aquatic and marine ecosystems in the downstream bodies of water. Quarrying also promotes soil erosion and degrades aesthetic value of the area. Deepening of riverbeds disturb irrigation systems in the nearby agricultural land. Communities also complain about dust and noise pollution which adversely affect health of the people.

The local government already made orders to mitigate these impacts for the last three to four years, but problems remain. Commitments to rehabilitate quarrying areas were not fully implemented.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez released Executive Order No. 17A which bans all exportation of sand and gravel materials extracted from the city. The order also enforces the execution of rehabilitation plan committed by SAG operators.

Ormoc and Albuera are two of the major sources in the Visayas of Class A sand and gravel used in construction sector. In Ormoc alone, approximately 15,000 MT of SAG is exported to other places every month.

Mayor Richard Gomez Not to Quarry
Mayor Richard Gomez
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